The business of chemistry helps create the products that make us safer—in our homes, at work, at play, on the road and even on the battlefield. Developed by 544,000 American workers, these innovative chemical products continually advance with new technology to make our lives safer and more secure.

Here’s a list of just a few of the chemical products created by the business of chemistry that impact our lives on a daily basis:

Plastic seat belts, child safety seats and airbags save countless lives on the road.
LED traffic lights, reflective signage and foam filled crash drums help make us safer.
Medical devices, x-rays and blood bags and medicines save lives in the emergency room.
Cyclists, skiers, hikers, mountain climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts rely on carbon fiber-reinforced plastic gear and safety equipment, from skis and boots to goggles and ropes.
Lightweight body armor saves lives in law enforcement and on the battlefield.
Plastic encased MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) deliver food safely to our soldiers on the battlefield and then heat themselves through a chemical reaction.